Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

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Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

This is London's best-known auditorium—popularly known simply as Drury Lane—and almost its largest. Since World War II, it's forte has been musicals (from My Fair Lady and South Pacific to Miss Saigon and Shrek), although David Garrick, who managed the theater from 1747 to 1776, made its name by reviving the works of the by-then-obscure William Shakespeare. Drury Lane enjoys all the romantic accessories of a London theater: a history of fires (it burned down three times), riots (in 1737, when a posse of footmen demanded free admission), attempted regicides (George II in 1716 and his grandson George III in 1800), and even sightings of the most famous phantom of Theaterland, the Man in Grey (in the Circle during matinees). Seventy-five-minute dramatized tours, led by actors, are available.

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